Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he has begun chemotherapy treatments for an aggressive form of cancer.
 
Hogan announced last week that he's been diagnosed with an advanced stage of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He said the cancer responds well to treatment and his prognosis is good.
 
The Republican governor said in a Facebook post Sunday morning that he's "made it through the first 24 hours of chemo."
 

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GRASONVILLE, Md. (AP) - Police say a child has died and at least seven other people were injured when a racing boat lost control and crashed into a crowd of onlookers off Kent Island.

The Capital Gazette reports that Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says a 7-year-old died.  Three victims were taken to a trauma center following the collision Sunday afternoon in the Chesapeake Bay. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

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There was a shooting at a party in Harrington that sent six victims to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The incident occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday when a number of people were hit by gunshots.

Police say they are still investigating.

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It was the first Big Barrel Country Music Festival this weekend in The Woodlands in Dover.

Some 30-thousand showed up to see such big names as Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.

The Firefly Music Festival which just wrapped up last weekend pulled in that number during its first year.

The 2015 figure reached around 90-thousand.

Other headliners during the three day festival included Lynyrd Skynyrd on  Friday night as well as Shakey Graves and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

There was some rain and some shuttle delays at the end of the evening.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Environmentalists are raising a stink about Maryland's approach to air pollution.

The Sierra Club says it's joining six other environmental groups Monday at a public hearing in Baltimore on proposed emergency smog regulations.

The Sierra Club says the proposed rules are an inadequate, short-term solution.

The Department of the Environment proposed the regulations after Republican Gov. Larry Hogan blocked adoption of a rule that would have made coal-fired power plants install costly new pollution controls, switch to cleaner-burning fuel or shut down.

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The Nursing Department at Salisbury University has received $2.1 million in grant money from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

It’s the largest grant that the nursing department has gotten from the commission.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it will go for the Nurse Support Program for developing clinical experts for its nursing staff.

Under the Eastern Shore Faculty Academy and Mentoring Initiative the plan was developed by the university and others to increase the diversity of adjunct professors.

The grant will span 5 years.

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
 
Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
 
The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.
 

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials say a hammerhead shark that kept swimmers out of the surf in Ocean City has retreated back into Assateague Bay.

The latest sightings of the animal were confirmed by Maryland Natural Resources Police late Thursday afternoon. Officials say the hammerhead was about 300 pounds and about 8 feet long. The shark kept swimmers out of the water for nearly 24 hours.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has rejected a Democratic proposal to raise vehicle fees to pay for road and infrastructure improvements.

The measure was defeated on a party-line vote Thursday in the Democrat-controlled Senate, having cleared the Democrat-led House on a party-line vote last month.

The Democratic House majority was big enough for the required three-fifths majority, but Senate Democrats needed and failed to get Republican support.

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The Delaware General Assembly has spoken.

Students in public schools will be allowed to opt out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests.

The state Senate took all of five minutes to approve the measure.

It now goes to Governor Jack Markell who opposes the opt-out provision.

But both houses approved the measure by veto-proof votes.

The governor now has ten days to decide what to do.

Some parents have already kept their children from taking the test.

                

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The water advisory has ended at Cove Road Beach where bacteria levels had shown higher than normal levels.

The beach was closed on June 25.

But the results from yesterday’s sampling found those levels have gone down.      

The higher bacteria levels were attributed to storm water from heavy rains.

Wicomico County Health Department officials are reminding swimmers and others involved in water activities to be aware of the impact from heavy rains.  

Roaring Point beach remained open for swimming. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.
 
Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.
 
The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is hailing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows about 285,000 Virginians to continue receiving federal subsidies on health insurance plans purchased through on a federal marketplace.
 
The Democratic governor says he hoped the ruling would allow state lawmakers to "put partisan politics aside" and expand Medicaid, another key provision of the Affordable Care Act.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say a 6-year-old Sussex County girl is recovering after contracting West Nile Virus.
 
Officials said Thursday that the girl's illness, which resulted in a brief hospital stay, is the first human West Nile Virus case reported in Delaware since 2013.
 
Public Health director Dr. Karyl Rattay said the case is a reminder that mosquito-borne virus is still active in Delaware.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says the state will contribute $168 million to the planned Purple Line rail system in the Washington suburbs instead of nearly $700 million.
 
The governor says the counties of Montgomery and Prince George's will have to put up more money for the 16-mile light-rail project. The total cost is estimated at $2.45 billion.
 
Hogan gave a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss transportation infrastructure.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department is holding its first public forum since the agency began an investigation into whether the Baltimore Police Department has habitually violated the civil rights of Baltimore's citizens.
 
The Justice Department held the forum Thursday at the University of Baltimore Law School, where residents were invited to speak individually with agency attorneys about their experiences with the police.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are beginning to work in earnest on a capital budget for road and construction projects in the upcoming fiscal year.

The legislature's capital budget committee met Thursday to review Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $385 million capital spending plan.

At the same time, lawmakers added roughly $24 million in proposed additional spending items, while acknowledging they don't have a lot of money to work with.

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The Sons of Confederate Veterans in Delaware say the confederate battle flag at a Georgetown museum will remain despite the movement to remove it from state capitals and state license plates.

The flag at the Marvel Carriage Museum has been kept up by the organization since 2007.

It’s a nonprofit group that has no connection to the Sussex County government.

Jeffrey Plummer, leader of what’s called Delaware Grays, told the Wilmington News Journal that the flag is simply honoring those veterans who fought for the south.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The Baltimore museum which was founded on June 25, 2005, says it will celebrate its anniversary Thursday with a free open house and cake and ice cream. There will also be performances by a choir and jazz ensemble.

The museum on Pratt Street near the city's Inner Harbor occupies over 80,000 square feet and has exhibitions, an auditorium, classrooms and meeting rooms as well as an oral history recording studio.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The General Assembly's budget-writing committee is relying on cuts to nonprofit groups and money from a nationwide financial settlement to balance a spending plan for the fiscal year starting next week.

The Joint Finance Committee on Wednesday finished work on a $3.9 billion operating budget for fiscal 2016, roughly 2.5 percent higher than the current year's budget.

To help balance the budget, lawmakers agreed to use $25 million in one-time funds from a nationwide settlement involving mortgage-backed securities.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a news conference to discuss transportation infrastructure in Maryland.

The news conference is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Annapolis. It will be the first public appearance by the governor since he announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

The governor's office declined to comment on details about the announcement ahead of time.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The state of Maryland is helping colleges meet the requirements of a new law aimed at improving their response to sexual assaults on campus.

The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention announced a $71,000 grant Wednesday to the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The funds will help pay a lawyer to train colleges, rape crisis centers and police agencies on the new requirements.

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Salisbury is moving to eliminate the housing blight that has been in issue for year.

The city council agreed to back part of an initiative by Mayor Jim Ireton that would add over $37-thousand to next year’s city budget to buy homes being sold at a tax sale.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the city Vacant Homes Registry has 187 homes on its list.

The city is in the process of evaluating a $645 million plan to improve its infrastructure over the next 20 years.

 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's forming a commission to study potential criminal justice reforms and whether Virginia's parole abolition in the 1990s has been good for the state.
 
McAuliffe said Wednesday on a monthly radio show that the commission will study whether Virginia is holding prisoners unnecessarily long and whether it's doing enough to rehabilitate criminals.
 

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If you need to call 911 on your cell phone in Southern New Jersey, Delaware or Pennsylvania you might be having some trouble getting through.

Delaware officials are encouraging residents who have an emergency to the use a land line to make the call.

The problem also involves calls between land lines and cell phones.

Officials are working on the problem and it not clear when service will be restored.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Wicomico Superintendent of Schools John Fredericksen has announced he will not seek to renew his four-year contract when it ends next June.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports Fredericksen announced his decision at a school board meeting Tuesday.

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The storm that moved through the region last night left some 63-thousand customers without power last night in Delaware and Maryland.

Late last night the company was able to bring that figure down to just over 23-thousand in the northern portion of the region.

The crews worked through the night restoring power after severe thunderstorms, high winds and intense rain hit the power grid.

The company also used contractors to help in the work.

But…the weather is still warming up with some temperature having reached the mid-90’s.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has passed a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

The bill passed on a 17-to-1 vote Tuesday and now goes to the House, where it will be heard in committee Thursday.

The measure allows driving privilege cards to be issued to people in the country illegally who have filed state income tax returns for the preceding two years or who have lived in Delaware and been claimed as a dependent on a state income tax return.

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A Delaware company has won the right to build Ocean City’s newest landmark – a new water tower that will be topped with a blue and green beach ball logo.

The Chicago Bridge and Iron Constructors Incorporated from New Castle got the nod yesterday from the resort’s town council for a bid of nearly $5 million.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that going with the standard logo would have run around $10-thousand less.

Council Secretary Mary Knight told the paper that the town wanted the beach ball sign because it would be iconic.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - An Irish manufacturer of paper and plastic bags will create 87 full-time jobs when it opens its first U.S. plant in Delaware.

AB Group Packaging is expected to open its new manufacturing facility in the Newark area next month. An exact date hasn't been given.  A spokesman says the company is currently in leasing negotiations and an exact site has not been determined.

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